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Basketball Forgotten
Basketball Forgotten

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Broken II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Tempe, Arizona, USA
Date: Feb 5, 2006
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2006

My first DPChallenge entry.
I stumbled across this scene in my brother-in-law's parent's backyard, and remembered the challenge. Used a FL50 with mini-softbox for illumination.
- Cropped out a hose and rotting orange
- Ran it through Neat Image
- Channel mixed to grayscale
- Applied gradient map for sepia-like effect
- Final contrast & brightness adjustment

Place: 149 out of 285
Avg (all users): 5.0039
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0208
Avg (non-participants): 4.9938
Views since voting: 918
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 256
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2006 09:00:40 PM
Initially I couldn't work out what it was. If I hadn't been commenting (and therefore HAVING to work it out) I would have given it 1 and moved on.

Because it's not just the ball, but the backboard too, a wider cropping might have told the story more clearly. You obviously thought the mono colour treatment worked better, probably for that grungy, desolate look so you diddn't have the benefit of the colour to clearly identify all the elements.
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02/14/2006 06:04:40 PM
I like the gradients and the composition, great subject. Though, I find it overexposed on the whites of the ball.
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02/10/2006 11:24:10 AM
Good combination.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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